Before becoming an All-Star with the New Orleans Pelicans, Brandon Ingram spent the first three seasons of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers. This should be obvious to anyone who follows basketball, but Ingram has apparently forgotten about his time with the Lakers.
That must be the case, because how else can you explain this quote from Ingram on Wednesday? When asked if he and Zion Williamson would make the All-Star Game at such a young age, Ingram responded by saying, “I’ve never played with a player as talented as myself.”
Brandon Ingram on him and Zion after being All-Stars the last two years and being on the same team: “I’ve never played with a player as talented as me. He’s a generational talent.”
– Eliot Clough (@EliotClough) February 25, 2021
That date should raise some eyebrows, since Ingram … uh … played LeBron James. The two were teammates for a season before Ingram was traded to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis.
If the Ingram quote was intended to be an excavation, it seems like he’s still upset about being involved in that exchange. James lobbied hard for the Lakers to acquire Davis, and Ingram was assumed to be included in any deal. This was no big secret, as fans chanted “LeBron will trade you” on Ingram during a game.
Alternatively, the quote can be read as high praise for Williamson, who made the All-Star team for the first time in his career this season. Williamson is averaging 25.3 points and 6.8 rebounds during his second season, and is considered a future NBA star. Ingram, who made the All-Star Game last season, is confident that he and Williamson can lead the team to success in the future.
Even if Williamson becomes the best player in the NBA in the next five years, Ingram’s date still reads like an opportunity for James.
Brandon Ingram has stood out in New Orleans
James’ time away has done wonders for Ingram’s production. He has stepped up his game with the Pelicans, averaging 23.9 points since joining the team last season. Ingram averaged just 13.9 points in three seasons with the Lakers.
However, Ingram’s performance has yet to lead to many victories. The Pelicans were 30-42 last season and are 14-17 this year. Between Ingram and Williamson, the team has a lot to be excited about moving forward, but still needs more help before the Pelicans are considered a contender in the West.
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